Just two of us? Or is anyone else noticing the innovation and venturing news coming from Southeast Asia, of late?


Richard Youngman
We are a firm believer in the idea that innovation, year on year, is going global, measured by where innovative solutions are emerging from, where demand for them resides, and who is providing the capital for the next-generation of new businesses, transitioning us toward a very different 21st century. Recent years have seen a venture capital industry boom in China, we have seen Slush in Finland becoming one of the biggest tech/innovation conferences in the world (20K people, >2,000 startups,... Read More »

An Analyst’s Guide to Bursting Bubbles – China’s Bike-Sharing Market, and the Facts Behind the Figures


Josh Gilbert
Using our i3 platform, we aim to cut through the noise and provide analysis on the trends that you’ve seen, and many that you haven’t. Our database is the cornerstone upon which we build much of our insight, using i3’s proprietary intelligence on over 24,000 companies to providing clear visibility on the underlying drivers and global trends that drive sustainable innovation. We want to give an example of what this i3 data is telling us regarding one of the higher... Read More »

The Energy Storage Push to Mass Market


Michele Parad
Energy storage, as THE mechanism for unlocking the full potential of renewable energy, is expected to grow to a $6 billion global industry by 2020. The only thing standing in its way is getting the mass market to understand its potential. Storage companies are now becoming more customer orientated, by providing energy management analytics in addition to the batteries, as a way to engage more end users with the technology. The topic of customer engagement was discussed at Moixa Energy’s... Read More »

Our data is yours – opening up i3 to global innovation enthusiasts


Jules Besnainou
  The i3 team is committed to connecting global enterprises with emerging technology. Until now, the data sets that power the i3 network have been closed to the public. In a bid to foster tech adoption and have more people benefit from the wealth of data we have collected, we are unveiling a new homepage, from which you can start navigating our data for free, without even signing up! Knowledge is key when making investment decisions in disruptive technology. The data... Read More »

Matchmaking for Corporates and Start-ups: A Product Journey


Jules Besnainou
As Cleantech Group unveiled its new i3 online platform on September 27, Director of Product Development Jules Besnainou tells the story of what brought about the major shift in the product’s direction, and describes where it is headed. When I joined Cleantech Group in early 2012, my job was straightforward: to maintain i3, a database of transactions in the cleantech space. At the time, the platform was mainly geared toward investors, and the data came from manual inputs of a top-notch Research... Read More »

China’s Smog Triggers Investment in Air Pollution Mitigation


Wendy Bao
During the opening keynote at Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2014, Cleantech Group CEO, Sheeraz Haji, stepped on the stage while wearing a facemask commonly seen in China. Attendees immediately realized his reference to the infamous air pollution problem in China. According to China’s Development Research Center of the State Council, smoggy weather costs China approximately $100 billion a year. To mitigate such loss, Chinese government plans to invest $290 billion for air pollution treatment technologies from 2013 to 2017, said... Read More »

This Deal Matters: Cool Planet Energy Systems Closes Series D Funding; Corporates Bet on Advanced Biofuel and Rising Activities in Asia


Leo Zhang
Cool Planet Energy Systems, the Colorado-based developer of advanced drop-in fuels and biochar, announced a $50.7 million investment and the closing of the company’s $100 million Series D growth equity round. Cool Planet’s latest investors include Concord Energy Holdings, a Singapore-based crude oil trading company, which led the round with existing investor North Bridge Venture Partners. Other existing investors include BP Ventures, ConocoPhillips, Energy Technology Ventures, Exelon Capital Partners, General Electric, Google Ventures, NRG Energy, and Shea Ventures. The new investment,... Read More »

This Deal Matters: LanzaTech Raises $60 Million; Corporate Investors Committed to Technology Innovations


Leo Zhang
LanzaTech, the Illinois-based technology developer of waste gas fermentation to liquid fuels and chemicals, announced it has raised $60 million in its first close of Series D growth equity round. Mitsui & Co., a leading Japanese multi-industry conglomerate, led the round with a $20 million investment. Given the current difficult capital raising market, this deal is also significant in a sense that it has attracted both new and existing investors. Two new investors, Siemens Venture Capital and China International Capital... Read More »

Khosla Ventures: Exploring Decentralization at Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2014


M Paschich
On March 11-13, Cleantech Group is hosting the largest and longest running Cleantech forum in the world, Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2014. This annual gathering of the global cleantech innovation community offers a comprehensive development program along with exclusive opportunities to network and make deals happen. In the lead up to the Forum, we’re chatting with leaders across the resource innovation space to discuss the changes decentralization is causing across different markets, end-users, enterprises, technologies, and business models.  Andrew Chung... Read More »

Big Bets on Energy Storage so far in Q1


Troy Ault
Just over a month into the first quarter, it's becoming clear venture investors are renewing their bets on energy storage in 2014. Within the first week of January, we'd learned of Aquion Energy's second, $20 million closing of its $55 million Series D round and of Amprius' $30 million Series C round. Aquion Energy's Series D, opened in April 2013, saw new investors including Bill Gates, Yung’s Enterprise, Tao Invest, Bright Capital, and Gentry Venture Partners join previous investors Kleiner Perkins... Read More »